“Jill I feel like the little home in the picture. Except I feel more like Humpty Dumpty right after he fell. I feel confused and disoriented.” Jack said as he placed his left hand with a pointing finger to his puzzled mouth. Just like the picture. “Silly Jack, Humpty wasn’t confused he knew someone would come to help him and if he had some helpon the front side he probably wouldn’t have fallen off the wall in the first place.” Jill scolded. They laughed and began to read……
#14 Ask Questions and Understand the Answers
This checkpoint is more about follow up and understanding the information you receive than it is about a special laundry list of questions. Some answers are easy, who owns the home now? How old is the home? How many bedrooms? But what about the vacant land behind the home? What about the creek around the corner? What about the schools? How long will my commute be? What about that drain in the front of the home? What about that green box in the back yard? Can we build a pool? Can we raise a pig? Ok so there are a couple of questions for you to chew on. Your REALTOR can help you find the answers to almost any question that you can come up with on a piece of real estate. Make it a point to address your concerns before you put an offer on a home.
When your looking for your answers don’t leave it up to neighborhood gossip. Your future neighbors may feel threatened by you so they might not give you the real scoop. Everything on the internet is not true; so any answers you find, you’ll want to discuss with your REALTOR. Your REALTOR may have already heard the rumors in the subdivision and know where to get the REAL answers.
If you have a question about your future home…..ask it early and get an answer. This will be YOUR HOME so take the time for due diligence. It is your job to ask the questions and your job to understand what those answers mean………………
DON’T WAIT TIL THE LAST MINUTE TO ASK A QUESITON. Again ask your question(s) early and understand the answers before you move on to the next item on your list.
Well you already know how the story ends. They followed the checklist and found their happily ever after. Jack will no longer tumble down the hill. He and Jill are Kind and Queens of the Hill. That’s the end so here’s:
THE HOME BUYER CHECKLIST YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR
1) Get Prequalified
2) Choose a REALTOR
3) Learn What Costs Are Involved
4) Search and Search Some More
5) Keeping an Open Mind
6) A Home That Suits Your Needs?
7) Where Do You Want to Live?
8) Negotiate to Buy a Home
9) Consider a Home Protection Plan
10) Have a Home Inspection
11) Insurance For Home
12) The Appraisal
13) HUD, Funding, & Cookies OH MY!
14) Ask More Questions & Follow Up
Be on the look out for more adventures of Jack and Jill as they take on their new role as home owners. If you would like Jack and Jill to share a specific adventure I would love to hear from you. (email me at Scott@Scott Culberson.com) I hope that you enjoyed our series. Please share it with your family and friend or two and maybe YOU can help them too……
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